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Local Governing Body

Overview

The governance of a multi-academy trust differs from those of maintained schools. The White Horse Federation (TWHF) believes that placing statutory responsibilities firmly at its centre, in the remit of the trustee board, allows the local governing board (LGB) to focus on providing support, overcoming challenges in the delivery of educational excellence, and achieving outstanding outcomes for all pupils.

There are direct channels of communication between the principal and the LGB chair and central services. The clerk to the trustee board will hold contact details for all members of LGBs within TWHF. However, routine communication for day-to-day school business should come from the chair of that LGB, managed by the school or through an LGB clerk, if such a position is deemed necessary.

The principal and the chair of the LGB are responsible for ensuring the quality and timely distribution of all material needed to keep LGB members well-informed about the school and TWHF. The principal and the chair are also responsible for ensuring the views of the LGB are well communicated to the trustee board. This can be done via the elected chair’s representative on the trustee board. Senior executives from TWHF will be nominated by the CEO to sit on an LGB. Trustees reserve the right to attend any LGB meeting.

The White Horse Federation has a very clear and shared understanding of what constitutes good and effective governance. Schools within TWHF will be judged to have outstanding governance when members of the LGB:

  • Talk about teaching and learning.
  • Know a great deal about the school and its community.
  • Are ambitious for the school and its community.
  • Ask questions which make colleagues reflect, and that these discussions lead to delivering the very best outcomes for every child and adult within the school community.
  • Maintain strong and effective relationships within TWHF.

In order for the shared model of governance to be effective for TWHF and the schools, it is essential that there is effective communication between the trustee board, the LGBs, chairs groups, principals, the central team, and the executive leadership team.


Current Members

Currently, The Manor School has an interim academy board (IAB) which acts as its governing body. The governors that sit on the interim board are shown in table below.

NameRole
Mrs Hannah Gordon Principal
Mrs Sarah Todhunter Chair
Mrs Sarah Stead Vice Chair
Mrs Jess Wells Associate Member TWHF
Mr Phil Bevan IAB Member
Mrs Pam SeymourStaff Governor
Ms Charlotte EllisStaff Governor
Mrs Vicky JustStaff Governor
VacancyClerk

Miss Emma Shires is an Advisor to the IAB board.


The White Horse Federation Local Board of Governance

Each school has its own local governing body (LGB). The chair of each LGB will also sit on a collective group of similar chairs, from which one representative will be elected and then co-opted onto the executive board. This process will be repeated every two years, thus affording new chairs the opportunity to be similarly elected.

TWHF executive board has clearly identified the areas of responsibility that they delegate to the LGBs. Although not in any way legally responsible, and not itself accountable for the statutory functions, the LGB has an important role to play in assisting the school to operate effectively in line with the wishes of TWHF executive board as communicated to the LGB.

To learn more, visit The White Horse Federation website.



Register of Business Interests for the Interim Academy Board

Updated September 2018

NameStatus at SchoolDirectorship/Trusteeship
held or Employment
Any Financial Benefit derived from
The Manor School (except salaries if staff)
Term of OfficeAttendance Record 2018/19
Mrs Sarah TodhunterChair of IAB/LGBTrustee, Seend WI TrustNone26/05/17- interim period not yet determined
24/04/2019-23/04/2023
IAB - 5 of 5
LGB - 3 of 3
Mrs Sarah SteadMember of IAB/Vice Chair of LGBOperations Project ManagerNone26/05/17 - interim period not yet determined
24/04/19-23/04/2023
IAB - 4 of 5
LGB - 3 of 3
Mrs Hannah GordonInterim Headteacher/HeadteacherPrincipal The Manor SchoolNone01/01/18 (Ex-officio)
24/04/2019-23/04/2023
IAB - 5 of 5
LGB - 3 of 3
Ms Jessica WellsMember of IAB/AssociateSchool Improvement Advisor - TWHFNone12/03/18 - interim period not yet determined
N/A
IAB - 4 of 5
LGB - N/A
Mr Phil BevanMember of IAB/GovernorPrincipal, Devizes SchoolNone12/03/18 - interim period not yet determined
24/04/19-23/04/2023
IAB - 4 of 5
LGB - 2 of 3
Mrs Pam SeymourStaff GovernorClass Teacher, The ManorNone24/04/19-23/04/2023IAB - N/A
LGB - 2 of 3
Ms Charlotte EllisStaff GovernorClass Teacher, The ManorThe Manor, Melksham PTFA24/04/19-23/04/2023IAB - N/A
LGB - 3 of 3
Mrs Vicky JustParent Foundation GovernorMedia & PR Manager, University of BathNone24/04/19-23/04/2023IAB - N/A
lgb - 3 of 3



Former Governors/Interim Board Members – left during the last 12 months/previous academic year

NameStatus at SchoolDirectorship/Trusteeship
held or Employment
Any Financial Benefit derived from
The Manor School (except salaries if staff)
Term of OfficeAttendance Record
2016/17
Mrs Roseanne RussellMember of IABDirector Academy Trust of Melksham
Solicitor & Law Professor
None26/05/17-31/10/172 of 3 (IAB)
Mrs Tracey BarnesCommunity Governor
(Vice Chair of Governors)
Director, Academy Trust of Melksham (until 31/03/15)
Director, Doorsecure (NW) Limited (since July 2010)
Director, Doorsecure Limited (since August 2004)
None19/06/13-26/05/175 of 5 (FGB)
2 of 2 (Business)
Rev. Barry BlackfordFoundation GovernorTeam Rector, Melksham Team Ministry, Salisbury Diocese
Director, Academy Trust of Melksham
(until 31/03/15)
None07/09/12-26/05/172 of 5 (FGB)
0 of 2 (Business)
2 of 3 (Ethos)
Ms Karen McGraneParent Governor
(Chair of Governrors)
Director, Academy Trust of Melksham (until 31/03/15)None21/05/15-26/05/174 of 5 (FGB)
2 of 2 (Business)
Ms Emma ShiresStaff GovernorActing Deputy Head/Teacher The Manor School
Director, Academy Trust of Melksham (until 31/03/15)
None19/11/14-26/05/175 of 5 (FGB)
2 of 2 (Business)
Mrs Marie VincentStaff GovernorTeaching Assistant, The Manor SchoolNone10/06/16-26/05/174 of 5 (FGB)
2 of 2 (Business)
Mr John DaviesFoundation GovernorFinancial AdvisorNone16/05/16-26/05/175 of 5 (FGB)
1 of 2 (Business)
2 of 3 (Ethos)
Ms Christine HarveyFoundation GovernorRetired TeacherNone29/09/16-26/05/173 of 4 (FGB)
2 of 2 (Business)
1 of 2 (Ethos)
Ms Kerry HainesHeadteacherHeadteacher The Manor School
Director, Academy Trust of Melksham
(until 31/03/15)
Director, Young Melksham (until 03/12/14)
None20/12/17 (Ex officio)7 of 8 (IAB & FGB)

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